Men's Basketball takes overtime win
It took extra time, but the Utah State basketball team got off on the right foot on its two-game road trip with a 80-78 overtime win over Santa Clara to hand the Broncos their first loss of the season.
“It looked like we were going to get beat by 30 at the start of the game,” said USU head coach Stew Morrill. “When you look at the stat sheet we did a lot of things well. Shot it well, held them down, outrebounded them, but lots of turnovers. It’s nice to go home and learn from these types of games — especially after a win. We were fortunate to win.”
It was a slow start for the Aggies as they quickly fell behind 19-4 behind hot 3-point shooting by the Broncos. SCU started 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, but missed the next seven. Over the next three and a half minutes, USU fought back to within five.
The lead grew back to 12 as Utah State went nearly three minutes without scoring, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Danny Berger and Spencer Butterfield cut the deficit to 32-28.
The Broncos were scoreless over the final 5:41 of the half, which the Aggies turned into a 12-0 run to go into the break with a 34-33 lead.
Utah State committed 12 turnovers in the first 20 minutes but kept the game from getting out of hand thanks to 10 from Santa Clara.
“This team has got a lot of heart,” said junior guard Preston Medlin. “We got down early, we fought back. That was awesome. We just stuck in there and made a few big shots. Coach Morrill emphasized to us before the game that if we keep their 3-point percentage down and their field goal percentage down, and you’ll have a good chance of winning.”
Things started smoother for the Aggies in the second half as they quickly extended the 1-point edge to eight a little more than two minutes in. Aggie center Jarred Shaw had four quick points to start after scoring eight in the first half, finishing with 15 for the night after fouling out at the end of regulation.
But a chippy Broncos squad refused to go quietly. Santa Clara senior Kevin Foster took over with three-straight steals and four points as SCU crawled back to within four at 57-53 with 7:57 remaining.123
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